"Yesterday, the joint MOPAC/MPS Public Access Strategy was announced, bringing with it a series of measures trying to make up for unprecedented cuts to the Metropolitan Police Service’s budget. The MPS has had to save £600m since 2010 and a further £400m are to be saved in the coming years due to continued real-terms reductions in funding.
The situation for my constituency is alarming. While the 24/7 front counter Edmonton Police Station will remain open, the Enfield Town police building will be closed, meaning that some people will have a journey time of over 60 minutes to get to a police station. Dedicated contact sessions and additional Dedicated Ward Officers are foreseen but will not be able to make up for the loss of permanent police presence.
Government cuts on the Metropolitan Police Service at a time of crime rising are putting the security of my constituents at risk. The Met has warned of steep rise in London gun and knife crime and added that years of budget cuts have had an important role to play in it. Our police officers are working as hard as they can but their work is being made next to impossible by irresponsible Tory policies.
The Government needs to re-think its policies and bring in much needed funding into the MPS’ budget. Security is a basic right that needs to be safeguarded."